Expanding India South Korea Defence Relations

During the Korean War (1950-53), India deployed an Army medical unit; the 60th Parachute Field Ambulance, commanded by Lieutenant Colonel A.G. Rangaraj. The unit disembarked at Pusan on 20 November 1950, and was initially deployed at Pyongyang on 29 November 1950. It was then divided into two sub units; the 'Forward Element' grouped with 27 British Brigade and the "Administrative Element" located at Daegu to assist the Korean Army Hospital and also treat civilians. The Forward Element was in the thick of action including a major airlift, "OP TOMAHAWK" with the 8th US Army from 23 to 31 March 1953 in the area of Munsan that involved linkup with 3rd Division US Army and later countering a massive enemy offensive on 22 April 1953. The unit came under command 28 British Brigade on 01 July 1951 with formation of the Commonwealth Division. It then participated in a series of operations until 23 August 1953................................

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